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In Mosul, women desperate for news of the ‘disappeared’

MOSUL: Every Friday since Mosul was prised from the Islamic State group’s clutches last July, women gather in the Iraqi city’s Al-Minassa Square, desperate to learn the fate of husbands…

Erdogan, rivals woo Turkey’s key Kurdish vote

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: Turkey’s Kurds are set to play a critical role in determining the outcome of elections this month, with their votes coveted not just by the main pro-Kurdish party…

Deadly IS attacks in Syria a taste of more to come

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group may have lost most of its territory in Syria but recent deadly attacks against pro-regime fighters are a foretaste of more to come, analysts say.…

Saudi to screen ‘The Message’ four decades after ban

DUBAI: “The Message”, Syrian-American director Moustafa Akkad’s epic film about Prophet Mohammed, will be screened for the first time in Saudi cinemas on Thursday—four decades after an initial ban. “Knowing that…

Kuwait, Saudi and UAE offer $2.5 billion in aid to Jordan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis following a wave of anti-austerity protests, the Saudi…

Corruption, negligence blamed for death trap sewers in Iraq

BAGHDAD: While they are long accustomed to the stench of corruption, two grim and eerily similar tragedies have shocked even hardened Iraqis, who blame graft and negligence for deaths and…

Jordan’s squeezed middle class in vanguard of austerity protests

AMMAN: From doctors to lawyers, teachers and architects, when angry Jordanians stood up to the government over austerity measures and the rising cost of living, the struggling middle class was…

Kuwait, Saudi, UAE seek ways to help Jordan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Jordan will meet today to discuss ways to support Amman as it looks to tackle an economic crisis in the wake…

Frenchman commits suicide at Makkah’s Grand Mosque

RIYADH: A Frenchman has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Islam’s holiest city of Makkah, Saudi and French officials said yesterday. “A foreigner…

Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinians; protest resumes at Gaza border

GAZA: Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire and tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, medics said. Israel said…

Jordan’s poor have little hope of change

AMMAN: Protests over a proposed tax hike might have shone the spotlight on economic hardships in Jordan, but the poorest in the kingdom’s capital remain voiceless as they struggle to…

Court orders conditional release of jailed cartoonist

ISTANBUL: Twenty-two students from a prestigious Istanbul university went on trial yesterday over a campus protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s military campaign in Syria, bitterly rejecting the charges they…

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